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Running Head CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Critical Analysis of Silence of the Lambs Christopher Diffley Introduction to Psychology Critical Analysis of Silence of the Lambs In the book Silence of the Lambs Harris 1988 the whole plot is based around three main characters Clarice Starling is a precociously self-disciplined FBI trainee who is put into the position of trying to unravel the mind of an evil genius Hannibal the cannibal Lecter in order to find the answers needed to capture the serial killer Jame Gumb also known as Buffalo Bill The psychological background is very strong in all of the characters lending to their believability except for some fragile associations between the characters Lecter and Gumb The intrigue of Gumb with moths is particularly worth noting since there is very little evidence of prior criminals being documented as having used this sort of post mortem decoration yet the logic of the idea is impeccable Starling is the protagonist in the book and the majority of the story line takes place from her point of view She is driven by memories of her childhood which is a recurring theme throughout the book Most of these are in the form of flashbulb memories a recollection of an event so powerful that the recollection is highly vivid and richly detailed as if it were preserved on film Brown Kulik 1977 She draws upon these memories for courage and they give her the strength of will to accomplish whatever task it is she is about to perform Hannibal Lecter is neither an antagonist nor protagonist but more like a middleman throughout the novel He doles out parcels of knowledge to Clarice Starling in order to test her strength of mind and to benefit himself by getting rewards for helping the FBI such as a room with a window and unlimited access to books and any other sort of research material he might
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